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Apr 26, 2013

Elephant poaching on rise in chaos-hit C.African Republic

DAKAR, April 26 (Reuters) – Elephant poachers are taking
advantage of the chaos in Central African Republic to hunt down
the animals in protected wildlife areas and openly sell their
meat in village markets, campaigners said on Friday.

The killings were part of a wider surge in poaching, fuelled
by growing Asian demand for ivory, that threatened the region’s
entire elephant population, eight organisations said.

Apr 11, 2013

Skills shortage could hamper Africa growth surge

DAKAR (Reuters) – Abdoul Aziz Tamba is in his final year of an English course at Senegal’s Cheikh Anta Diop University, but he has little hope of finding employment after three years of study.

“Everyone expects me to become a teacher or a translator, but there are no jobs,” the 24-year-old told Reuters in Dakar. “I’m studying in a field where it’s nearly impossible to find work.”

Mar 29, 2013

Guinea to hold polls with or without opposition: minister

CONAKRY (Reuters) – Guinea will hold long-delayed parliamentary elections this year, to conclude its transition to civilian rule, with or without the participation of the country’s main opposition coalition, a government minister said on Friday.

The mineral-rich country was originally supposed to hold the vote in 2011 – but it was held up amid wrangling over the makeup of the electoral commission and opposition accusations that the government was planning to rig it.

Mar 27, 2013

Guinea picks global advisers for mining review

CONAKRY, March 27 (Reuters) – Guinea has chosen global law
firm DLA Piper and three other advisers to help review and, if
need be, renegotiate mining contracts signed by previous
governments, the head of the review body told Reuters.

The review, pledged by President Alpha Conde after he came
to power in 2010, will scrutinise contracts with companies such
as BHP Billiton, Vale, Rio Tinto,
RUSAL and BSGR to ensure the mineral-rich but impoverished West
African nation is benefiting sufficiently from deals.

Mar 27, 2013

Guinea picks DLA Piper among advisers on mining review

CONAKRY, March 27 (Reuters) – Guinea has selected four legal
advisers including DLA Piper to help it review and, if
necessary, renegotiate mining contracts signed by previous
governments, the head of the review body told Reuters.

Nava Toure, president of a technical committee reviewing 18
mining deals, said Canadian law firm Heenan Blaikie and French
firms Orrick Rambaud Martel and Gide were the other three
selected to take part in a process now due to be completed by
the third quarter of 2014.

Mar 26, 2013

Guinea opposition abandons vote talks, threatens protests

CONAKRY (Reuters) – Guinea’s opposition leaders on Tuesday abandoned talks with the government and threatened to resume street protests, accusing the president’s camp of disrespecting the terms of a planned dialogue over election preparations.

Earlier this month, opposition leaders accepted to take part in talks with the government following two weeks of sporadic protest that killed eight and wounded hundreds more in the world’s top bauxite-producing nation.

Feb 25, 2013

Islamists threaten to kill French kidnapped in Cameroon

DAKAR (Reuters) – Gunmen claiming to be from Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamist group threatened on Monday to kill a kidnapped French family of seven if authorities in Nigeria and Cameroon do not release Muslim militants held there.

French ministers said they believed the three adults and four children seized in Cameroon’s far north near the Nigerian border on Tuesday were being held by Boko Haram which has killed hundreds to try to carve out an Islamist state in Nigeria.

Feb 25, 2013

Video appears to show French family kidnapped in Cameroon

DAKAR (Reuters) – A video appearing to show seven French citizens, including four children, kidnapped in Cameroon last week was posted on the YouTube website on Monday.

“We have been taken by Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad,” one of the male hostages said in the video, referring to the name in Arabic of Nigeria’s Boko Haram militants. “They want the liberation of their brothers in Cameroon and their women imprisoned in Nigeria.”

Feb 20, 2013

Cameroon says kidnapped French hostages now in Nigeria

YAOUNDE/DAKAR (Reuters) – The Islamist militants believed to have abducted a French family of seven, including four children, in Cameroon have taken them into Nigeria, a Cameroonian minister said on Wednesday.

The abduction highlights the growing risk of attacks on French nationals and interests in Africa since Paris sent forces into Mali to oust Islamist rebels occupying the country’s north.

Feb 19, 2013

Militants kidnap French family in north Cameroon

YAOUNDE/DAKAR (Reuters) – Islamist militants from neighbouring Nigeria abducted a French family of seven, including four children, in northern Cameroon on Tuesday, French President Francois Hollande said.

The risk of attacks on French nationals and interests in Africa has risen since France sent forces into Mali last month to help oust Islamist rebels occupying the country’s north.

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      "Bate Felix is a Dakar-based West & Central Africa Correspondent. He joined Reuters in 2007 as a graduate trainee and has worked in Johannesburg, London, Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam. He now covers economics, politics and general news stories in over a dozen countries in West & Central Africa."
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